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Lorenzo claims World Championship title in Phillip Island

Lorenzo claims World Championship title in Phillip Island

Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo wrapped up a season of domination today with second on the podium in the Grand Prix of Australia to claim his second MotoGP World Championship title, becoming Spain's first-ever double premier-class Grand Prix Champion.

Starting from second on the grid, Lorenzo took the holeshot from the start line, but dropped to third initially behind Championship rival Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner. As the leading pack ran through turn four Pedrosa crashed out, leaving Stoner and Lorenzo to break away. The Championship leader delivered a textbook race of inch perfect laps, maintaining the gap to Cal Crutchlow chasing in third, eventually crossing the line in second to claim the 2012 MotoGP Rider’s title.

This puts Lorenzo on 350 points, 43 clear of Pedrosa going into the final round. Over the season The World Champion amassed an impressive six race wins and ten second place finishes to secure the title. He now heads to his home race free from the pressure to win and happy to deliver one last race of the year in front of his home crowd.

Jorge Lorenzo

“What a day! I’m very happy, it was easier than I expected because Dani made a mistake in a corner and crashed. I wanted to keep with Casey but he was so strong. Today all I had to do was finish the race and I have become World Champion for the second time. It’s such a sweet feeling!  I want to thank all the team, Yamaha, my family, my friends, sponsors and fans that support me. Today is an amazing moment. We’ve been very patient, very concentrated and finally the World title arrives!”

Press release courtesy of Yamaha Factory Racing.

MotoGP, 2012, AIRASIA AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Jorge Lorenzo, Yamaha Factory Racing

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